I spent the month of June teaching writing to teenage girls in Saudi Arabia. It was a real adventure. The girls were great–funny, enthusiastic, nerdy. Teaching was rewarding, fun, creative, and hard. I have new respect for people who actually do that full-time. And apparently they have to keep track of more than 14 students at a time, too.
While I was there, I barely had time for anything but planning, teaching, and sleeping. But yesterday for the website of The Science Writers’ Handbook, I wrote a little item about one of the few leisure activities I managed to squeeze in: birdwatching. And one of my favorite birds, the hoopoe.